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Junior Pope: Producer of ill-fated movie, Adanma Luke speaks on boat mishap



Adanma Luke, the producer of the upcoming movie in which the late actor Junior Pope was supposed to be featured, has broken her silence on the recent boat mishap.

Pope, the actor, died on Wednesday after he fell into the River Niger in Asaba, Delta state on his way to a movie location.

The film star was in the company of some other actors and crew members when the incident occurred.

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) earlier suspended all movies involving riverine locations.

Emeka Rollas, the president of the AGN, also warned filmmakers not to work with Luke “until further notice”.

On Friday, Adanma surrendered herself to the police for questioning over the circumstances that led to Pope’s death.

In a series of videos via Instagram on Saturday, Luke broke down in tears as she explained her side of the story.

She described the incidents of the past few days “as a dream” she wished she could wake up from.

“On April 10, we lost five actors who were on their way to a location. Through the means of boat transportation, they had an accident. I have been so traumatised, I have been so cold. This whole thing still feels like a dream to me, I wish I could still wake up from this dream,” she said.

“I have not been able to make any statement since because we have been trying to recover the bodies. I have been providing money to those looking for bodies, providing caskets to enable the bodies are transported to their villages; and to the families that wanted it to be done. I have not been quiet, I have been doing things just so these people can rest. It is so sad that this had to happen on my set.

“I blame myself that I would have been in Lagos, doing my thing in Lagos. I blame myself for coming down to Asaba. I was supposed to be on that boat. My production manager was calling me to bring the memory card so they could start filming and I told him to come and collect it and he was like you know this place is far, please bring it for us. I said okay why have you people not crossed? Why have you not gone to work?

“He said they were waiting for Junior Pope to arrive. Before now on the 9th, they went there on their own and when Junior Pope came, he came on his own, he came alone. So on 10th, when I was preparing to go and drop the card, I was accompanied by my brother’s children. Two kids that were supposed to go with me, were supposed to be on that boat together. Getting there, I saw Emeka. Emeka was my DOP, he was just sitting and I did not see the others.

“I asked Emeka what is it and people surrounded him. Emeka was quiet and I was like, Emeka talk to me, what is it? What is the problem? Why have you not crossed? Where is Ogolo? Where is everybody? Has JP come? He was still quiet. I started shouting what was happening, can somebody please talk to me? Emeka now said JP is dead, Abigail is dead, Friday is dead, Precious is dead.

“He said ‘dem dey inside water’. I said let me go inside, let me be sure that the divers are looking for them. He said ‘there are over 15 divers looking for them inside the water’. I still cannot believe this because these crew members were my family. They have been working with me, if I was shooting in Lagos, they would transport from Asaba to Lagos to come and work with me. All through last year, we stayed together in Lagos, we filmed, worked together.

“… on that said day, I saw my director and Emeka outside. My director told me he did not know what happened. He was in a life jacket, and Emeka too was in a life jacket. There was still one life jacket available, I do not know who took it. My PM told me that they saw live jackets hanging when they got there and he asked the late Friday to even send one to Junior Pope but Junior Pope said it was dirty or so, so he did not take it. Those with life jackets survived. They even told me that when they were in the water, Junior Pope was also there asking if everybody was okay. How everybody is fine?

“That they even threw a gallon to him to use and hold himself, which he was holding that all of a sudden, they did not see him again. It was when they came out that they noticed that he was no longer there because they said divers had come and rescued some of them while other divers were still there trying to rescue others. I asked what could have caused this? He said he did not know but that TC was standing on the speedboat and ringing a bell.”


Ex-beauty queen Tomi Salami to unveil environmental advocacy project in Lagos




Tomi Lydia Salami, the Nigerian ex-beauty queen, is set to unveil an environmental advocacy project in Lagos.

The project, titled ‘Catch Them Young: Environmental Awareness Convention 2024′, is targeted at high school students in Lagos.

The convention will be held at the J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on May 30.

In a statement on Saturday, the 2012 Miss Tourism Nigeria said the environmental advocacy project “aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Sanitation, Clean Energy, Climate Action and Environmental Protection”.

The project aimed to advocate for clean energy, climate action and environmental protection through Aurora International Charity Foundation, the ex-beauty queen’s not-for-profit organisation.

Tomi revealed that Lagos was selected for the project because it “maintains a strong position as one of Africa’s top destinations for business, culture, tourism, politics, entertainment, hospitality, sports and more”.

“It is imperative that we engage in activities that creatively and succinctly educate and inspire citizens to become environmentally conscious, thereby fostering a sense of responsibility to our planet,” she said.

“Our focus for the ‘Catch Them Young’ campaign is geared towards the highly impressionable younger generation as we strongly believe that pioneering an environmentally conscious foundation for children early in life will bring about far-reaching success that will spread further and last longer thus establishing children as young Environmental Ambassadors for their various communities.”

She added that the environmental convention will include interactive sessions by expert speakers and stakeholders in the industry. Other participants include environmental activists and celebrities in Nigeria.

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Sean Kingston, mum arrested on fraud, theft charges as SWAT raids home




Sean Kingston, the Jamaican-American singer, was arrested in California on Thursday, a few hours after a SWAT team raided his rented South Florida mansion.

The rapper, 34, was apprehended alongside Janice Turner, his 62-year-old mother, on “fraud and theft charges”.

Authorities were seen loading goods into a van outside the mansion surrounded by expensive sports cars.

The arrests may be connected to a lawsuit filed by attorney Dennis Card, alleging fraud over a 232-inch television installation worth $150,000.

Card accused Kingston of defrauding Ver Ver Entertainment in February by failing to make promised payments and commercials. They are asking for $30,000 and attorney fees in a trial by jury.

“He basically has a sales pitch that he goes through to defraud people. He induces them into giving him really expensive things,” Card, who represents the company, said.

“We know that our property is inside this house right here, so as soon as the raid takes place we are going to have a crew of people in there to reassemble it and take it back to its rightful owner.”

In a statement, the Broward county sheriff’s office said Kingston was taken into custody in Fort Irwin, California, and will be booked in jail in San Bernardino.

The sheriff’s office disclosed that it served arrest and search warrants at the property near Fort Lauderdale where the singer resides.

“As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 2/16/1963, was taken into custody on numerous fraud and theft charges,” the statement reads.

“This investigation is active and ongoing.”

In an earlier Instagram post, Kingston said his lawyers were “handling everything”.

“People love negative energy!” the rapper wrote in the post which was later taken down.

“I am good, and so is my mother! … My lawyers are handling everything as we speak.”

According to records at the Florida department of corrections, Kingston is currently on two years’ probation for trafficking stolen property.

His mother previously served time for bank fraud in 2006.

The rapper, born Kisean Anderson, will be held in California pending extradition to Florida.

Kingston is best known for his 2007 chat-topping song ‘Beautiful Girls’; another hit, ‘Take You There’; and his collaboration with Justin Bieber on the song ‘Eenie Meenie.’

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Tems reveals she signed an NDA before working with Beyoncé




Nigerian superstar Tems shared the experience working with Beyoncé .

In an interview with New York Times, Tems shared her experience of working with global icon Beyoncé on her 2022 album ‘Renaissance’.

In the interview, Tems revealed she was sent an NDA by her team which she signed after she was invited to Los Angeles to work with Beyoncé.

“My team just messaged me like, ‘Yo, first of all, I have to send you something to sign. I was losing my mind. Like, What?!” she told New York Times’ Culture Reporter Reggie Ugwu.

The result of Tems’ studio time with Beyoncé is the single ‘Move’ which is one of the tracks on Beyoncé’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Renaissance’.

Aside from Beyoncé, Tems has worked with other global superstars including Drake, Rihanna, and Future who featured her and Drake on his Grammy-winning ‘Wait For U’.

In the interview, Tems talked about her upcoming debut LP ‘Born In The Wild’ which is expected to be released in June 2024. According to Tems, the album’s recently released lead single ‘Love Me Jeje’ started as a freestyle session with her friends.

“It was just a state of bliss. Those are the moments that I love,” she told the New York Times about making music with her friends.

Tems recently performed a medley of the single with the eponymously titled album opener on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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